Reviewer:Your Brother Esau
December 23, 2022 Subject:
I'm just here for the Esau
A solid 30 minute groove. Strong Booker T& MG feel. This rhythm section is tight, rates with anything that ever came out of Muscle Shoals or Memphis. The sparse riffs & expert fills leave gaps around that pocket, leaving enough space in the composition to fit those mysterious, mind-bending lyrics.
It has been over 10 years since I looked this up, but have thought about it weekly. Still amazed, that after 30 minutes, I'm sad when it ends.
Esau really is 30 minutes long, with a small cut in the middle. Fun, for sure, steady goes it...
September 16, 2011 Subject:
Wonderful for fans of the period! The Otis convo on track 14 is hilarious, and the epic Esau workout features totally different lyrics.
May 26, 2010 Subject:
clear mix featuring bass drum and phil
laid back yet complex
April 25, 2008 Subject:
I love the song "My Brother Esau" and this 30 minute version is a wondeful jam fest. You get continual improv from all members, with great work from Brent...and wonderfull cowbells from Mickey. I actually wish he used that keyboard tone more because it soudns great here.
Great sound and echo effect here too.
December 28, 2006 Subject:
All I can say is get this if you can. If you dig Brother Esau then you must have this....I think I need to pull my socks back up cause they fell down.
July 3, 2005 Subject:
The Holy Grail...
...a thirty minute 'Brother Esau'! An absolute must-have for all 'Esau' fans. Now removing tongue from cheek. I was never a fan of rehearsal recordings but these early '83 sessions are a lot of fun. The recording is real nice and clean and spacious, and everyone can be heard clearly. The different takes of 'Help' and 'Slipknot' are quite interesting because you can hear the band re-learning the tunes as they go, remembering little licks and tricks from six years prior. Phil is *extremely* into this session, you can tell he's been wanting to get this tune back into heavy rotation for a while, and he's finally gotten some cooperation. He is all over the place and it's a joy to hear. The 'Esau' is also fascinating, you can hear Weir calling out the changes as the track progresses, and you can hear them get a little more 'together' as the minutes pass. A very worthwhile session for those that are interested.